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Which Snacks Appear Healthy But Can Actually Harm Your Mouth?

Posted on 9/21/2021 by Crossroads Family Dental
Which Snacks Appear Healthy But Can Actually Harm Your Mouth?Everyone is prone to tooth decay, no matter their age. The leading cause of tooth decay and gum disease is plaque build-up on the surface of the teeth. The plaque contains bacteria that feed on sugars in your mouth. These sugars help the bacteria spread into the teeth' gums and roots, causing them to get loose from the jaw. Apart from tooth loss, bacterial infections are also a significant risk to your overall health. Bacteria coming from the tooth can spread all over the body, causing heart and brain complications, among others.

Therefore, the food you eat matters to your dental and overall health. However, some foods contain sugars and other substances that are known to harm the teeth and gums. Despite your best efforts in keeping your teeth clean and healthy, your food could ultimately be your undoing. Some snacks may appear healthy but aren't. Here are a few snacks that you should avoid to keep your dental health in check.

Sugary Sweets and Snacks

Bacteria feed on sugars contained in your diet. Sweets take a long time to dissolve in your mouth, exposing your teeth to sugar for long periods. If you have to take sweets, choose the type that dissolves quickly. However, we recommend that you avoid sugary snacks.

Soft or Carbonated Drinks

Your bottle of soda might be sugar-free, but it contains acids. Acids have a corrosive effect on the teeth, leading to cavities. These cavities provide a harbor for bacteria to breed, which leads to infection.

Alcohol Based Drinks

Many people tend to think that alcohol is good for the teeth because it can kill bacteria. Unfortunately, alcohol also has a corrosive effect on the teeth. It causes discoloration and cavities on the surfaces of the teeth. We also recommend you use non-alcohol-based mouthwash when cleaning your teeth.

To keep your dental health in check, we recommend that you avoid these foods. Another way to take care of your teeth is by regularly visiting the dental clinic. Be sure to book an appointment with us to get your teeth examined by our professionals.
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